Bamford names ‘joke’ moment that inspired solid bond with Leeds new boy |

Raphinha, Patrick Bamford Leeds v Burnley December 2020

Leeds striker Patrick Bamford has revealed that his ability to speak French has seen him develop an instant rapport with recent arrival Raphinha.

Both players have showed excellent form over the past seven Premier League games, during which time the Whites have netted 13 goals.

What’s more, the pair have combined for two of those strikes; Raphinha netted off Bamford’s assist in the 2-1 win over Newcastle, before the Brazilian turned provider against Leicester.

Raphinha has particularly caught the eye following his £17million move from Rennes in October. But while learning the language proved crucial in France, it still has its benefits upon his move to England.

Bamford told The Mirror: “When he joined he didn’t speak English. He can speak a very small amount and is doing lessons. Because I can speak French, he was in France last year, so we can talk.

“It means we got a rapport straight away because I made that effort. I joked with him after the Newcastle game when he shot instead of squaring it to me for a tap in.

“Ever since then he has always looked to me. We are always talking on the pitch saying where I want it, or where he wants it.

“We get on well, we work together on defensive corners too, we talk on who attacks the ball in front or goes behind. It is constant. We have a link up in everything.

“Mind it is broken French with a very English accent! When French people hear it they think the accent is brutal, but they understand.”

Aside from helping each other to goals, Bamford and Raphinha have added further contributions. The former has 12 goals and six assists for the season, while the latter has four goals and four assists.

Barcelona watching Raphinha

Raphinha’s progress since moving to Leeds has reportedly seen him attract attention from Liverpool.

The Reds have supposedly been scouting the 24-year-old ahead of a potential summer swoop.

However, those on the near continent have also been alerted to his form.

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